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2027 Cellars ‘Wismer Vineyard – Fox Croft Block’ Chardonnay 2014
VQA Twenty Mile Bench $23.15 12.8% alcohol
Wood smoke, baking spice and cigar box aromas peal from this fabulous Chardonnay. It dazzles the palate with a glorious mouthful of baking spice interwoven with pear, crisp green apple and minerality. It finishes quite lengthy with a bracing line of citrus acidity and tingling ginger snap. This is medium weight with excellent mouthfeel adorned with structure and oodles of sex appeal. Fabulous now, another few months in bottle adding elegance and charm. (Vic Harradine)

  • Order the following wines by the case for daily home, office or restaurant delivery online from Legends Estates Winery or by the bottle or case by visiting the winery at 4888 Ontario St, North Beamsville, ON L0R 1B3

  • Legends Wine Estates is 3rd generation, family-owned fruit and grape growers who began the winery in 1999 with Paul Lizak at the helm and Serge Papineau making wine. The Lizak family have over 70 acres of grapes with a bit over a 1/3rd of them on the estate—the estate is where the Lizak Vineyard – Reserve wines are sourced. The estate vines are situated on/near the lakeshore, north of the QEW thereby providing warmth when the winds of early spring and late fall blow.

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Legends Estates ‘Reserve - Lizak Vineyard’ Petit Verdot 2012
VQA Lincoln Lakeshore $22.95 13.0% alcohol
The quality-price balance tips well in your favour here. Piquant spice and floral aromas make way for a medium-full bodied, densely structured mouthful of juicy dark cherry, black plum and anise pastille. The fruit and flavour explode on the palate with a beautifully balanced gusher persisting through the lip-smacking finish and aftertaste. Gorgeous sipped on its own, it pours especially well with grilled rack of lamb. (Vic Harradine)

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Legends Estates ‘Reserve - Lizak Vineyard’ Malbec 2012
VQA Lincoln Lakeshore $23.95 12.5% alcohol
A richly aromatic nose of wood smoke, peppery spice and red cherry introduces a rich and lively river of sour cherry and wisps of passionfruit streaking across the palate with great élan. This is medium bodied and textured showcasing persistent purity of fruit and a lingering, lip-smacking finish and aftertaste. Give it a go with well-seasoned, grilled-rare striploin. (Vic Harradine

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Legends Estates ‘Reserve - Lizak Vineyard’ Merlot 2012
VQA Lincoln Lakeshore $21.95 14.0% alcohol
Baking spice, pipe tobacco and exotic incense aromas set the table for a smorgasbord of palate flavours with black currant, ripe mulberry and cassis to the fore. Its medium-plus weight with generous mouthfeel, good depth and the persistent finish is adorned with sweet ripe berry fruit and black plum. This deserves a fine cut of red meat grilled rare and well-seasoned. It’s terrific value and was tough to spit. Aerate/decant for a couple of hours before pouring. (Vic Harradine)

  • And now for something completely different. The following limited-production, red blend is sourced from the ‘top’ barrel chosen from each of their five red varieties—Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Petit Verdot. The wine was aged 21 months in barrel. 

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Legends Estates ‘T5 – Red Barrel Blend’ 2012
VQA Lincoln Lakeshore $40.00 13.0% alcohol
Christmas cake spice and sandalwood aromas mingle with red and dark berry fruit on the nose of this gorgeous red blend. It caresses the palate with a spice-laden shower of blueberry, red berry fruit and sweet, ripe black cherry. It lingers with balance, charm and elegance. It’s divine on its own and would be perfect poured with crown roast of pork and root veggies. (Vic Harradine)

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Meldville ‘First Edition’ Chardonnay 2015
VQA Lincoln Lakeshore $20.00 13.6% alcohol
Aromas of lemon, peach and pineapple are enhanced with subtle notes of acacia flower and butterscotch. Very little intervention and a slow, cool fermentation in French and Canadian oak barrel with lees aging contributes to this Chardonnay’s fresh fruit flavours and generous texture. Ripe red apple, nectarine and lemon pie with a hint of baking spices adorn the palate. This dry, medium-bodied white is round in texture with a balancing citrus mid-length finish. A delicious pairing with creamy seafood pasta or roasted chicken. (Lisa Isabelle)

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Meldville ‘First Edition’ Sauvignon Blanc 2015
VQA Lincoln Lakeshore $20.00 13.6% alcohol
White grapefruit, green apple, lemon pith and slight floral and brioche aromas meld into fresh fruit flavours on the palate—white peach, grapefruit and lemon zest. A slow, cool fermentation in stainless steel tank and time spent on its lees results in a dry, medium-bodied Sauvignon Blanc with a medium-long, tangy finish and a subtle creamy texture. Serve on its own as an aperitif or with a goat cheese appetizer. (Lisa Isabelle)

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Meldville Wines ‘First Edition’ Cabernet Franc 2013
VQA Lincoln Lakeshore $24.00 13.2% alcohol
Aromas of cedar, grilled savory herbs and red cherry/berry fruit provide segue for a balanced flow of light-on-its-feet red cherry and strawberry flavours with racy tang bathing the palate. The persistent purity of fruit showcases elegance and a delicate touch while the slow fading aftertaste lingers with more savory notes. Sip on its own or pour alongside grilled lamb chops. (Vic Harradine)